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Architectural Historian

  • Job reference: NA-002918
  • Sector: Government, Support Services, Transportation
  • Location: Atlanta
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SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies. SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business has been providing infrastructure planning, engineering, construction, environmental consulting, urban planning, architecture, and program management services to public and private clients across the United States for more than 50 years.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business was ranked as the world’s 3rd largest global design firm by ENR in 2018 with nearly 55,000 employees worldwide. We have the depth and breadth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects and the urgent transition to a low-carbon economy.

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business seeks an energetic and highly motivated self-starter to join our Atlanta, GA Cultural Resources Group as an Architectural Historian.


Under the direction of the Sr. Architectural Historian in Atlanta you will have the opportunity to conduct cultural resource desktop reviews, and assist with document preparation, background research, and field surveys for a wide range of projects primarily related to transportation and infrastructure development for clients in both the private and public sectors. This job provides opportunities to gain experience and grow in the cultural resources and NEPA profession.

  • Conducting preliminary project reviews for potential cultural resource issues. 
  • This can be for a variety of project types, including but not limited to transportation and infrastructure development projects also including the use of ArcGIS, online resources, and library or archival research.
  • Assisting with all types of historical research and conducting historic resource surveys.
  • Following all quality control guidelines established by Atkins.
  • Maintaining fieldwork documentation and reporting according to Atkins and client standards. 
  • Tracking and maintaining progress for assigned tasks, independently resolve issues, show initiative, and work to creatively increase efficiency in assigned tasks. 
  • Coordinating and communicating with management and co-workers in a coherent and expeditious manner. 
  • Work on projects through all phases from initiation to completion including conducting background research, field investigations, report writing and seeking concurrence. 
  • You must be willing and prepared to spend time in the field and travel to project sites with some overnight stays. 
  • Projects will generally be in Georgia but could also be located outside of the state, as needed.

  • At a minimum, must meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for History or Architectural History including a degree in History, Architectural History, or a closely related field with at least two years of full-time professional CRM experience conducting background research and cultural resource surveys plus demonstrated ability to carry research to completion.

  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills. 
  • Proven ability to manage individuals and teams, provide leadership, and manage project production. 
  • Must have business vision, excellent communication skills, and be able to represent the firm effectively to clients, key public officials, and the community in general. 
  • Prior supervisory skills a definite plus.

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  • Candidate must have knowledge or experience with a sufficient subset or combination of the following activities: historical research, historical resource surveys and cultural resource management services. 
  • Candidate must meet the Secretary of the Interior's professional qualification standards and must qualify as a Historian or Architectural Historian on federal, state, and local cultural resource permits. 
  • Candidate must have demonstrated knowledge and experience with National Historic Preservation Act regulations (including Section 106) and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements pertinent to cultural resources. 
  • Candidate must have some experience working with ArcGIS. 
  • Excellent technical and interpersonal skills required. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. 
  • Good analytical skills and attention to detail, technical writing, computer and communication skills.
  • Familiarity with reading transportation engineering plans is a benefit but not required.
  • Familiarity with nominating resources for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places 
  • It is desirable that candidates have familiarity with NEPA studies including cultural resource components of Environmental Impact Statements and Environmental Assessments (EIS/EAs).
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with coordinating with SHPOs, THPOs, federal and state agency representatives, and land owners/managers regarding cultural resources would be beneficial. 
  • Experience with Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia SHPO are preferred but experience with DOT and SHPO offices in other states may be acceptable.
  • Familiarity with HABS/HAER/HALS.

Atkins offers its employees a robust rewards package which includes: a competitive salary; a broad benefits package including medical/RX, dental, vision, life, disability, legal, hospitalization and other valuable voluntary options; generous time-off programs; flexible work schedules; 401(k) with employer match; professional and career development opportunities through our corporate university, as well as a highly-regarded tuition reimbursement program; and an unmatched culture focused on client-service, quality, and tireless pursuit of excellence in all we do. Atkins is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability.

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